Growing up through the 70s and 80s, video cameras were a pipe-dream and cine cameras were far more expensive than my family could afford so you can perhaps understand why this became a kind of Holy Grail for me. To try and create something visual, I ended up making various "photo-stories", which satisfied me for a while.
(for those who don't know, "photo-stories" were a staple of some boys and girls comics back in the day, replacing hand-drawn panels in a comic strip of posed stills. Girls comics used them for problem pages, whilst I remember Eagle comic featuring a strip called Doomlord, amongst others. There were also photo-novels - novelisations using film stills rather than prose - but the less said about them, probably the better).
What reminded me of all this was discovering some photographs over the weekend, of one such 'strip' I wrote.
The Crunch comic, which I wrote about here). I also used this image as the cover of a novel (or, as it'd be deemed now, a long-ish short story) I wrote in 1982 called Hadley Hall Comprehensive (and which I blogged about here).
|Left - Nick walks away as Geoff (in my Dad's old trilby) threatens me. Look at those clothes - Harrington jackets, jeans and trainers! What a look!|
Right - Nick's brother Chris (I recruited absolutely anyone who showed the slightest expression of interest!) takes aim at Nick and Geoff. Wonderfully, this shot inadvertently captured history. The billboard and waste-ground Chris & I were standing on is long gone, the new library in its place. The private house beyond the awning is now a Tesco Express store.
Now, of course, everyone with a smartphone has the technology to make films but my focus has shifted to writing only (though some of my ideas do start off as me seeing them in filmic terms). Years back, however, Dude & I made several LEGO stop-motion epics and we both had a great deal of fun with that.
I wonder how things would have turned out if I'd had the technology at my disposal then that I do now?